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    Made in USA - FYI

    I started reading the MFG labels of fabric content, fabric origin, etc. while waiting my "cutting" turn @ local Hobby Lobby. (bolts were in the "go back" bin) I ran across MADE IN USA. Well.. I didn't think we had any mills left here so I GOOGLEDthe mill. They are BLANK TEXTILES INC, second generation in Irvington NY, USA. I bought some very nice looking black (Michael Miller is my usual "go to" black) that didn't bleed much when washed and it was $4.99 yd. I am not affiliated with either of these companies. Just thought it might interest folks. They are wholesale but their website has some beautiful fabric lines. Am going to ask my LQS's to look into them. Thanks and HAPPY QUILTING.... hope everybody is dry and warm.. Raining like MAD right now in MESA, AZ with reports of local snow showers...HEY! But it's a DRY snow!!! lol !! FREE SEW DAY !!! wahoo!

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    I really like the fabrics from Blank Textiles. They have a pretty big selection that is getting larger. The two LQS around here carry alot of their stuff. And their prices are better because you don't have the international shipping and tarriff/taxes. Most of their stuff (at least at my LQSs) runs about $6-$7 - which is fabulous when compared to others. I do try to use them, if possible. Because I can get a really nice fabric at a Joann's cheap price.

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    i have not heard of them...but now i will check them out! thank you!

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    I didn't know they were there. It's just south of Tarrytown (Legend of Sleepy Hollow) on the Hudson River. I used to take the train past there to NYC daily. I didn't think we had any fabrics made in the USA any more. A few years ago Connecting Threads advertised USA fabrics, but I don't know it it's still true.

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    Thanks for info. I try to buy from companies in USA as much as I can. I think I remember downloading some free patterns from their website. Yep, just googled them, the website is blankquilting.com. Show a list of 201 free patterns.
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    So what part of the process is done in the US? I haven't been able to find any information at all about their corporate structure or manufacturing process, probably made more difficult because they are a private company.

    The company itself makes no claim their goods are Made in the USA, it is not listed on any of the Made in the USA websites that steer buyers towards US made goods, and the few articles about US textile makers (none of which are quilting textiles) make no mention of them. Still looking, but very curious about exactly what part is produced in the US, if any. If it merely comes back to the states for packaging and distribution, I believe it qualifies for the label even though it is essentially 'made' offshore.
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    I, too, try to buy American made whenever possible. You have to pay attention because companies often change where they manufacture their products. Two weeks ago we went to the Container Store to get some drawer organizers that were listed as made in America on their website. We drove 21 miles to discover that the product was actually made in China. We went home empty-handed

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntoquilt View Post
    ... Raining like MAD right now in MESA, AZ with reports of local snow showers...HEY! But it's a DRY snow!!! lol !! FREE SEW DAY !!! wahoo!
    "It's a DRY snow" Love this - laughing my head off over here!

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    Thanks so much for the info, I prefer to buy USA products and I will absolutely check this out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    My mother worked and eventually retired from a textile mill in North Carolina, We had, I want to say, four mills that made fabric and thread in the town I am from back then. Suddenly they all closed and never reopened..It is truly sad that we have lost so much..I for one would buy all my material from a manufacturer here in the states if I knew where I could get it...
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    Thanks for the info, I will check this out. I am not as diligent about checking for USA as I should be, but I'm trying to do better.

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    Thanks. I love to shop USA when I can.

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    Sometimes it's very difficult to purchase something made in the USA. Our country seems to be moving away from manufacturing and toward service and information techologies.

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    Thanks for the heads up, I'd buy made in USA if it were available.

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    Still no mention of Blank Textiles being milled in the US. Not on any of the US lists.
    http://www.apparelsearch.com/world_c..._Mills_USA.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categor..._United_States

    Connecting Threads never did manufacture in the US. They send US cotton outside the country to make their fabrics. They have been clearer in that fact lately.
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    There is a website...buyamerican.com where supposedly all manufacturers/crafters items are made in the USA. Ran into the person operating the website in a very odd manner, so no affiliation, just passing on the info. Just went there to verify address and the site is a bit funky but categories are listed to the right of the page to make navigation a bit easier. Just passing on the info to those who may be interested.

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    I am working on a quilt right now and the fabrics are from Blank Textiles (printed on the selvage). I had never heard of them before but the fabric is beautiful and wonderful colors.

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    I went to this web site and liked many of the fabrics, but I can't find the price per yard or where to buy from them

    I'm going to call them later.

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    My stash of scraps is so old ALL of them say Made in USA!! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntoquilt View Post
    I started reading the MFG labels of fabric content, fabric origin, etc. while waiting my "cutting" turn @ local Hobby Lobby. (bolts were in the "go back" bin) I ran across MADE IN USA. Well.. I didn't think we had any mills left here so I GOOGLEDthe mill. They are BLANK TEXTILES INC, second generation in Irvington NY, USA. I bought some very nice looking black (Michael Miller is my usual "go to" black) that didn't bleed much when washed and it was $4.99 yd. I am not affiliated with either of these companies. Just thought it might interest folks. They are wholesale but their website has some beautiful fabric lines. Am going to ask my LQS's to look into them. Thanks and HAPPY QUILTING.... hope everybody is dry and warm.. Raining like MAD right now in MESA, AZ with reports of local snow showers...HEY! But it's a DRY snow!!! lol !! FREE SEW DAY !!! wahoo!

    Am really lucky - In Stephens City, VA is a small quilt shop that is owned by the wife and sister in law ( as I am told) of the Regional Sales Rep for Blank Fabrics. (Shop is the CLOTH PEDDLER on Main St for anyone nearby). Delightful people, history buffs (what else in this area of Civil War Battlefields?)......and they carry a decent selection of manufacturers......However, their prices for the Blank Fabrics is just about the same as it is for others like Hoffman or Moda - running $11 to $12 per yard.........It is still a nice shop, and they have a good sales rack where all fabrics are $6.00 or less per yard.........

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    great find! The LQS (that I haven't yet been to because I've been buying at Joann's or online) carries their fabrics, and I am oogling several styles already! Thanks!

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    Blank Textiles are quite common in all the shops around here and have been for years (it's a 40+ year old company), but I still don't believe it's US made...not until there's some documentation of that somewhere.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    Maybe it's the cardboard the fabric was wrapped on that's made in the USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Maybe it's the cardboard the fabric was wrapped on that's made in the USA.
    Or perhaps the 'Made in USA' label itself??
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    LOL...its a dry snow....but in reality...snow does differ in moisture content...being from the North I'm an expert LOL

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